I haven’t been able to do my weekly trip to the botanical gardens this winter because the weather has been bad on Tuesday mornings. This is the morning that the garden opens an hour earlier so I can walk around when the temp is cooler and the harsh Florida sun a little lower in the sky.
Yesterday it was raining in the morning so I spent some time going through old photo files and deleting the ones I will never use. I decided to post an image from the first visit (of two) this season – to brighten the day of family and friends who are living in the north. This is the closest I can come to sending you some of our sunshine.
I find it interesting how, given time, many of my photos don’t seem as wonderful as they did when I took them. Some photos that I thought would make a good story never got published because the story fell flat. And the most encouraging reason why I can delete most of my old photos is because I have taken better ones of the same subject. That means that I am continually learning and improving. I am also willing to delete many that don’t make the grade because I can return to the place where I took the picture and capture a better image of a similar object.
I have more trouble slimming down my files of travel photos. I won’t be going back, getting another chance to do a better composition with better focus and light. These photos will never make National Geographic, they aren’t even good enough to print. But they elicit a memory, a mood, a laugh. I want to keep them because they help me remember a special time and place. I am culling these down but not as ruthlessly.
This clean-up is with some anxiety because I use Lightroom and it is a very different software beast. I am doing another read of my favorite Lightroom book in an attempt to better understand how to manage files on my hard drive and the processing data in Lightroom that applies to the originals on the hard drive. I have been known to cry when it appears that I’ve messed this process up royally. I wonder if there are personal Lightroom trainers to help me strengthen my file managing muscles.